In this article, we will discuss all the important current affairs of 16th June 2021 in detail.
1. For the fiscal year 2021-22, Sikkim’s chief minister proposes a budget of Rs 9852.85 crore.
- Prem Singh Tamang, the Chief Minister of Sikkim, presented a budget of Rs 9852.85 crore for the fiscal year 2021-22, claiming that the Covid-19 pandemic had harmed the small Himalayan state’s economy.
- Tamang said while presenting the budget on the first day of the two-day assembly session that the net outgo has been limited at Rs 9588.65 crore.
- As a result of the recovery from various heads, a difference of Rs 264.20 crore has been estimated.
2. The Cabinet of Uttar Pradesh has approved a proposal for a world-class bus station in Ayodhya.
- The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet approved a proposal to build a bus terminal in Ayodhya that meets international standards at a cost of Rs 400 crore.
- From this station, buses will run between Ayodhya and all of the state’s major cities. A plan to build a four-lane flyover on the Ayodhya-Sultanpur route was also approved by the Cabinet. The 1.5-kilometer-long flyover will cost more than Rs 20 crore to construct.
3. The Chief Minister of Gujrat inaugurates a Command Centre for Real-Time Monitoring of Government Schools.
- Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani opened a command and control centre in Gandhinagar to oversee the activities of the state’s 54,000 government-run schools.
- Gujarat is the first state in the country to implement a real-time school monitoring system.
4. Kuwait, India Sign a Memorandum of Understanding for Domestic Worker Recruitment Cooperation
- India and Kuwait have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will place Indian domestic workers in Kuwait under a legal framework that will expedite their recruitment and give them with legal protection.
- The agreement aims to create a system that will provide domestic employees with help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
5. Bal Thackeray will be honoured with a new airport in Navi Mumbai.
- According to Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde, the Navi Mumbai International Airport would be named after late Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray.
- The new airport, which will be built in Navi Mumbai, is anticipated to relieve congestion at Mumbai’s international airport.
6. Under the Jal Jeevan Mission, the Centre allocates a whopping Rs 10,870.5 crore to Uttar Pradesh.
- According to the Ministry of Jal Shakti, the Centre has allotted Rs 10,870 crore to Uttar Pradesh under the Jal Jeevan Mission for 2021-22, the highest allocation to any state so far.
- The sum is more than four times what was given to the election-bound state the previous year.
- Uttar Pradesh has stated that by 2024, it will have met its aim of delivering water to every rural family.
7. More than $1 trillion is required by 2030 to put the world on pace to achieve net-zero energy by 2050.
- According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), emerging and developing countries would require up to $1 trillion in clean energy funding by 2030 if they are to meet their 2050 net-zero emissions commitments.
- According to the International Energy Agency’s recent report, Financing Clean Energy Transitions in Emerging and Developing Economies, clean energy investment in emerging and developing economies fell by 8% in 2020 to less than $150 billion, with just a minor comeback projected in 2021.
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8. The Ambuja Cement Foundation and NABARD are teaming up to train rural youngsters across the country.
- Ambuja Cement Foundation (ACF), Ambuja Cements Ltd’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm, which works to empower rural communities, has partnered with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) to implement its “Employability through Skill Initiative Project (ESIP) Phase II.”
- NABARD provided ACF with a grant through the Gramya Vikas Nidhi, a fund dedicated to the promotion of non-farm sector activities.
9. MoEngage engages with Ujjivan Small Finance Bank.
- Ujjivan Small Finance Bank announced that it has partnered with customer engagement platform MoEngage to bring digital banking to the country’s unserved and underserved areas.
- The engagement intends to establish the bank’s broad presence in these regions in order to communicate with consumers through different digital touchpoints.
10. Policybazaar has been granted an insurance broking licence.
- Policybazaar, a leading web aggregator, announced that it has received approval from regulator IRDAI to engage in insurance brokerage, a move that will help the company grow its business and expand its service offerings.
- As a result of this move, the company would relinquish its web aggregator licence to the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) and focus on broking and insurance aggregation.
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11. The GST Council has reduced the levy on medical products used in covid therapy.
- The Ministry of Finance has announced that GST rates on items intended to prevent or treat Covid will be reduced or waived. The GST Council lowered tax rates for vital medication and accoutrements connected to Covid-19 infection at its meeting.
- The lower prices will be in place until September 30, 2021, according to the Gazette statement. Existing stockpiles of Covid relief items would be affected by the GST rate reduction.
12. BRO’s two Centres for Excellence are officially opened by Rajnath Singh.
- At Seema Sadak Bhawan in New Delhi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh dedicated two Border Roads Organisation (BRO) Centres of Excellence to the country. These Centers were formed to promote expansion in the construction of highways, bridges, airfields, and tunnels while also achieving excellence in road safety.
- The Centre of Excellence for Road Safety and Awareness (CoERSA) aims to improve road safety awareness by analysing and sharing facts of road accidents and offering remedies to save lives.
13. Vinesh Phogat, a wrestler from India, won the gold medal in the Poland Open.
- Vinesh Phogat, the Asian champion and star wrestler, won gold in the 53kg category at the Poland Open.
- The Indian wrestler was in excellent form throughout the tournament, defeating Ukraine’s Khrystyna Bereza 8-0 in the final.
14. Kiren Rijiju, the Minister of Sports, has launched a centralised athlete injury management system.
- Kiren Rijiju, the Minister of Sports, has announced an ambitious plan to provide world-class treatment and rehabilitation to elite athletes who get injured while competing or training.
- The Centralised Athlete Injury Management System (CAIMS) seeks to give timely information on injury prevention, diagnosis, and high-quality treatment and rehabilitation to athletes, as well as to keep track of their injuries using an online athlete management system.
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15. Mushfiqur Rahim and Kathryn Bryce have been named ICC Players of the Month for May in Bangladesh.
- Mushfiqur Rahim, a wicketkeeper-batsman, and Kathryn Bryce, a Scotland all-rounder, have been awarded the ICC Players of the Month for May 2021. Both cricketers were given awards after recent outstanding performances for their respective teams.
- In the just-finished three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka at home, Mushfiqur Rahim was the leading scorer. He made 237 runs in three matches and scored 125 in the second ODI to help Bangladesh win their first ODI series against Sri Lanka.
16. Indira Hridayesh, a senior Congresswoman, has died.
- Indira Hridayesh, the Leader of the Opposition in the Uttarakhand assembly, died in New Delhi after having a heart arrest. She was 80 years old.
- Hridayesh was a Congress MLA from Haldwani and one of the state’s most senior party officials.
17. Gottfried Bohm, the winner of the Pritzker Prize, has died.
- Gottfried Böhm, the architect behind the brutalist Church of the Pilgrimage, died at the age of 101.
- Böhm, the eighth laureate of the renowned Pritzker Architecture Prize, was best known for his concrete cathedrals, the majority of which were constructed in Germany.
18. International Day of Remittances to Family
- The United Nations General Assembly declared June 16 to be the International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR).
- This day honours migrant workers’ extraordinary fortitude in the face of economic insecurity, environmental and climate-related disasters, and a global pandemic.
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